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Book Review - It's The Manager by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter


It's The Manager by Jim Clifton and Jim Harter


No teasing here - I rate this book a 5 out of 5. Easily one of the best manager books written. All companies should make this required reading for all managers and HR. The authors deserve the Nobel Prize.


Get the point - I really like this book.


What makes this book so excellent is the fact that it identifies the fact that the role of the manager has changed dramatically (uses convincing data to make the case) and provides clear actionable behaviors for the manager to take to improve. They identify 6 keys areas where the role of the manager has changed. The most profound is the idea that in the past a manager was a "boss", now the manager must be a "coach".


If you look closely, you will see that my managerial philosophy, that I have honed for over 10 years now, has stressed many of these points. They are much more succinct than I am, but there was very little I could find in the book that I would argue against.


The managers that read this book and take it to heart will be highly successful in leading their teams. Those that try to hold on to the old ways of managing will soon become obsolete.

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